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A Wayfarer in China Read & download À 6 å Purchase of this book includes free trial access to wwwmillion bookscom where you can read than a million books for free Excerpt from book Section 3CHAPTER II DAYS IN YUNNAN FU situation of Yunnan's capital is extraordi JL narily picturesue It stands in a wide plain its northern wall running along a Emiles in length once perhaps washed the west wall but it is gradually silting up and to day it is five miles away and is reached by heavy sampans which ply the narrow canals that intersect the rice fields Farm buildings tea houses and temples buried in groves of bamboo are dotted over the plain which is crossed at intervals by high stone paved dykes lined with trees The rich cultivation of the lowland is in sharp contrast with the surrounding hills bare and barren save where the presence of a temple has preserved the forest Yunnan fu with a population of some eighty thousand seems a fairly prosperous town Copper is found on the neighbouri. A good readSurprisingly interesting read and well written But why an older woman would want to cross China and the Gobi back before 1915 is beyond me Guess the adventure spirit had hold of her I had to look up a few of the town names since they have changed Urga is now Ulan Bator for example but it adds to the history which is what I wanted

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to wwwmillion bookscom where you can read than a million books for free Excerpt from book Section 3CHAPTER II DAYS IN YUNNAN FU situation of Yunnan's capital is extraordi JL narily picturesue It stands in a wide plain its northern wall running along a low rocky ridge from which there is a charming view over city and lake to the great mountains that skirt the plain on all sides Lying at an elevation of nearly seven thousand feet it is blessed with a white man's climate Eighty five degrees in the shade marks the highest summer temperature and the winters are just pleasantly bracing Europeans w. Miss Kendall traveled across western China and up into Mongolia during 1911 I was unable to find anything on the internet about her but she seems to have been a veteran traveler having previously been through India and Tibet I'm not sure of her age but she refers to having gray hair She came up through what is now Viet Nam traveled across China and up to Mongolia From there she traveled through Russia on home to America eventually Like Isabella Bird before her she traveled as a lone foreigner with native interpreters cooks and coolies to help her She doesn't describe the country side as thoroughly as did Mrs Bird but she describes her travels her impressions and the peoples she encounters Unlike Mrs Bird she was never stoned for being a foreign devil A great read

Review A Wayfarer in China

A Wayfarer in ChinaHo have experienced the biting winds of Peking the damp heat of Canton or the gray skies of Chengtu find in the bright days and cool breezes of Yunnan some mitigation of their exile to this remote corner of the empire The city itself is not very attractive in spite of its many trees for it seems a network of narrow lanes only broken here and there by a temple enclosure or a stretch of waste land the whole shut in by sound thirty foot high walls; nor are there any sights of special interest with the exception of a rather fine Confucian temple But the country roundabout affords many charming excursions The waters of the lake some twenty thre. I was wandering through hyperlink wormholes across cyberspace late one night when I stumbled upon this title mentioned several times in the Wikipedia article “Horse Culture in Mongolia” I did a little cursory searching for this self described wayfarer Elizabeth Kendall The book had clearly entered public domain years ago and a uick google turned up catalog entries and e copies from every platform out there but scant info on the content or on Kendall herself Intrigued I picked up a beautiful original copy from the library complete with vivid photographs of people architectureand landscapes it had to be retrieved from the Minitex vault at the University of Minnesota The faded library card glued inside was completely filled with stamped dates ranging from 1914 1925The book is a detailed log of Elizabeth Kendall’s travels across China in 1911 mere weeks before the Xinhai Revolution which would end imperial rule and establish the Republic of China Her dog Jack is her only western companion Her hired caravan is composed of a rotating cast of hired laborers or “coolies” her interpreter and a two person military escort imposed by the government Specifically she travels from northern Vietnam through central China up to Peking Beijing and from there northwest through Mongolia before catching the Moscow Express near Lake Baikal Kendall’s observations and geographical descriptions paint a picture of a fascinating and rugged land Though her prose is at turns dry and her observations colored by Western preconceptions she captures a number of small beautiful human moments She exhibits an exciting boldness and curiosity and remains undeterred by advice that the trip is too dangerous for a woman to make The planning for her Mongolian leg of the journey yields a particular telling anecdote One gentleman to whom I wrote began his reply by saying that he answered my inuiries ‘with much pleasure’; and then continued ‘Frankly I do not think the trip from Kalgan to Urga should be taken by a lady alone at any time’ Then followed ten good reasons why I should not go and first and foremost that I should have to leave behind me all inns and would have to camp out That settled it There was nothing I should be so glad to leave behind as inns and for months I had been longing to sleep in a tent So I fell to making my preparations with good heart But the enemy had not reached the end of his resources the enemy was usually a well bred intelligent European or American with charming manners and the kindest intentions An English officer just returned from Mongolia assured me I could never get my dog across the savage Mongol brutes would tear him in pieces; but I knew my dog and he did not so I put that aside The last shot was the hardest to meet ‘It will not be worth while’ Almost I gave in but I had reached the pig headed stage and I could not though I wanted to p239 Kendall keeps her observations mostly centered on culture geography politics and the logistics of travel She offers very little details on herself only that she is a scholar and in an off handed comment that she is gray haired She does mention that she is an experienced traveler and has already spent time in the East though she has never before made this overland journey through the interior There is a strange delight in stumbling across a little known book especially if it’s a good one As a reader it feels personal less like being another anonymous member of a crowded audience and like engaging in a deep albeit one sided conversation with a stranger in a diner Anyw